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In the previous century there have been two major series of fantasy novels; "Lord of the Rings" and more recently "Harry Potter". The genre, fantasy, is very broad, but generally contains one main character, the protagonist, who is fighting for, or against something, often against evil. In both these novels the main protagonist is fighting against evil and endures a kind of adventure and personal growth. As in most fantasy novels, the main characters are in an ulterior world, which is comparable in many ways. I intend to investigate into some of the many comparable components of these two novels. Harry Potter lives in what the reader assumes is a kind of Earth. To begin with he lives on the outskirts of London, giving the book a very realistic setting. This all changes when Harry discovers he is a wizard and is to study at Hogwart's Academy of Wizarding. We see an entirely new world full of many different magical creatures including elves, dragons and giants. Harry boards at school for a vast majority of the novels, so the setting is generally at his school, which is an incredibly old castle. The writer, JK Rowling, has described the castle incredibly well, without using useless jargon. Unlike in the Lord of the Rings, in which the characters move into has many different settings as the novel develops, Rowling was able to slowly create an image of the school as the story unfolds. The setting in "The Lord of the Rings" requires much more depth in the description of setting as it is commonly unlike our real Earth. The writer, Tolkien, has incorporated a sense of reality into the settings, by giving his world a feel of an old Earth. This is similar to Harry Potter in the sense that the castle is hundreds...
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added: 11/17/2011
I was restless, desperately waiting for the school bell to strike so that I can return to my hostel and jump into the bed with my favourite Harry Potter book. Finally the bell gave its call at one o'clock and soon I was lost in the enchanting world of Harry Potter. Such is the magic of a Harry Potter book! J.K.Rowling, who is an American author, writes the series of Harry Potter books. There are a total of five beautifully written books in the series: o Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone o Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets o Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban o Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire o Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix A lot has been gone into the writing of each of the above books to keep the millions of Harry Potter fans all over the world on cloud nine. The novels unfold the life and adventures of a wizard called Harry Potter and his friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter lives with Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and his nephew, Dudley at number four Privet Drive. His uncle told him that his parents died in a car crash but in reality his parents were killed by the most feared wizard of all time, Lord Voldemort but Harry survived Voldemort's attack and in return he got a scar on his forehead for which he became famous. One day Harry gets an invitation from Hogwarts asking him to seek admission in the school, but his uncle being a Muggle (non-magical person) strictly refuses to admit him into Hogwarts as he had a very medieval attitude towards magic. So in comes Hagrid, the gamekeeper of Hogwarts to rescue Harry from the boorish Muggles. From then on Harry's life takes a new form with...
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added: 07/21/2011
The character Harry potter, as portrayed in the book "Harry potter and the philosopher's stone" is a perfect example of the value of the quest in literature. As the novel progresses from beginning to end, it is evident to the reader that there is a significant change in Harry. In the beginning of the novel, he is a shy, reserved boy with many inhibitions who doest know where he fits in anywhere. By the end of the novel, Harry is more confident and feels a sense of great accomplishment. He can finally live up to the hero status that the magical world has believed of him since he was a baby. Through Harry's perilous quest for order, he found more than the philosophers stone itself. He found where he belongs, who his friends are, and a sense of courage and bravery that Harry never knew he had. The story of Harry potter is one of a young boy trying to find his place in life in present day Britain. What separates Harry potter from any other protagonist in this literary genre, is the fact that 11 year old Harry potter is a wizard. While the premise of the book is very fantastic, the reader can easily relate to Harry's everyday problems with family, friends and belonging, in a fantastic atmosphere. The story begins at the boring, ultra-ordinary, nothing-out-of-place, number 4 privet drive where an orphaned Harry lives in the cupboard under the stairs in the house owned by his horrible relatives. Harry does not fit in with his "ordinary" relatives, because mysterious things just happen around him, and he can't explain why. Harry's family consists of his rude, beefy, mustached Uncle Vernon, who loves making mean remarks about Harry. Aunt petunia, Harry's late mother's nosy sister, who has never failed to...
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added: 12/24/2011
Spells are being cast, wizards and witches live all around us, schools are infested with ghosts, trolls, and three-headed dogs, and owls are behaving very strangely. That is only a sample of the world of Harry Potter. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's stone the movie was a great success! The film interpreted a well joined story line relating to the world wide success novel. Magical effects enhanced the film's enjoyment, this movie will surly be Number One this summer. This movie is enchanting and spectacular, one not to be missed. The movie tells a story about an evil dark wizard - Voldermort. After murdering Harry's Parents: James and Lilly Potter, he turns on Harry, still only a baby, and shoots him with a flash of green light. Although Harry mysteriously deflects it, and as a result, severely injures Voldermort. Harry was left with a distinctive lightning shaped scar on his forehead, reminding him forever, that terrible night. The story is set in a number of locations, giving the film superb scenery and in-depth scenes. The plot falls on, our hero: Harry Potter; a famous student attending a magical school called Hogwarts. And his faithful friends: Hermione Granger and Ron Weasly. Together they encounter many thrills and spills in the magical world, including the Wizard's game Quidditch. One moment that really caught my eye was the Quidditch match between Slytherin and Griffindor. The brooms really looked as if they were actually flying. Another simply spectacular moment was the fearful feeling when Prof. Qurill (a teacher at Hogwarts) unravelled his turban and reviled Lord Voldermort himself! G reat Special effects were shown throughout the entire film, making features look as real as ever! The Ogre looked great as well as Hagrid's baby dragon. The Movie is great for younger children, and some adults may enjoy it too, I...
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added: 03/05/2012
1) Call of the Wild Buck is sold from Judge Miller's place and has a hard travel until he finally ended up in Alaska to become a sled dog. He had many owners and they all left him. He got strong muscles and good instincts for wild living. When he was with John Thornton Indians raided his camp and killed everyone but him. He lived with the wolves in the wild ever since. 2) The Silver Chair Eustace and Jill are summoned into a world of mystery called Narnia by a great lion. Their mission is to save the king's son, Prince Rillian. They travel through the giant's land with a marshwiggle named Puddleglum. Eventually they find themselves trapped in the underworld where they find Prince Rillian, but he is under the spell of an evil queen. Destroying the queen, they escape with Rillian out of the underworld into the heart of Narnia. 3) Harry Potter and the Camber of Secrets In the school of Hogwarts, Harry and his friends find something wrong with the school. The witches and wizards discover a snakelike creature called a Basilisk who is responsible for petrifying students. Only the heir of Slytherin can control the beast and he is doing it by controlling Ron's little sister with a magical diary. She is found missing so Harry and his friends go into the chamber of secrets. Harry fights the Basilisk and is saved by a phoenix and all is well for the year. 4) Flowers for Algernon Charlie Gordon is a man with a custodial job and an I.Q. of 68. He takes a bunch of tests to see if he is eligible for a special operation that is suppose to improve your I.Q. He gets accepted and has the operation. A mouse named Algernon helps them and Charlie starts to like...
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added: 02/08/2012
Background Prior to the publication of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J.K. Rowling hinted that the fourth Harry Potter book would have darker tones, images, and plots than previous books in the saga. She also suggested that the fourth book would be pivotal by providing more information about Harry's parents, circumstances concerning their murders, and their enemies. Rowling fulfilled her predictions by explaining aspects of the history of wizardry and the rules governing the wizard world, such as why technology is absent from Hogwarts, and by offering readers a glimpse into Lord Voldemort's macabre environment and point of view, which are crucial to balance the predominant goodness of the usual setting and viewpoint of the earlier Harry Potter books. Also, by introducing characters from two rival wizard schools—one French and one Eastern European— Rowling provides alternative opinions to the traditional magical culture exhibited at Hogwarts which readers have become familiar with in the first three books. Set in the years 1994 and 1995, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire begins and ends differently than its predecessors. Readers enter Riddle House (which is a tonier but similar dwelling as the Shrieking Shack because of its horrific inhabitants) instead of the Dursley home. This beginning symbolizes the transition in the series from Harry being in the forefront and Lord Voldemort being a shadowy figure that Harry infrequently encounters to Voldemort achieving more substance both physically and figuratively. His resurrrection poses an overwhelming menacing threat to Harry. The events in Riddle House reveal Voldemort's Machiavellian nature as he schemes with his heinous henchman Peter Pettigrew, a.k.a. Wormtail, and servile serpent Nagini to kill Harry and to attain power after ordering the murder of Bertha Jorkins and slaying Frank Bryce. Harry's brief stay with the Dursleys is innocuous as compared to previous summers, and the Weasleys' bumbling interactions with the ignorant Dursleys provide comic...
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added: 12/27/2011
Sebastian Tillman Ms. McMurrary's Grades 11 & 12 English 7/17/03 Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets Advertisement Harry Potter has not had a good summer. Not only has he had to put up with his overbearing Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon Dursley and their dread of his magical abilities, but it seems as if Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger have forgotten him as they haven't replied to a single one of his letters. Then, suddenly a mysterious house-elf named Dobby appears in Harry's bedroom and warns him of great danger if he should attempt to return to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But despite the elf's mischievous efforts to prevent Harry from returning to school, he pays the elf's warnings little attention but still keeps them in mind. The ever determined Harry is rescued from the Dursley's dreary clutches by Ron and his brothers. Upon arriving at Hogwarts, Harry finds that his first year heroics have caused him to become the center of much unwanted attention. His new fans include Ron's little sister Ginny; first year and would-be photographer; and most irritatingly, the New Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor, Gilderoy Lockhart. Outshone only by his own vanity, Lockhart craves the attention that Harry has. But not even Lockhart can offer an explanation for the sinister new terror that is gripping the school. Sebastian Tillman Ms. McMurrary's Grades 11 & 12 English 7/17/03 Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets Advertisement Harry Potter has not had a good summer. Not only has he had to put up with his overbearing Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon Dursley and their dread of his magical abilities, but it seems as if Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger have forgotten him as they haven't replied to a single one of his letters. Then, suddenly a mysterious house-elf named...
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added: 01/11/2012
The ¡§witchcraft and wizardry¡¨ of Harry Potter began taking over the world in 1998 with the release of J.K. Rowling¡¦s first novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer¡¦s Stone. It immediately grabbed the attention of children and young adults creating a craze among youngsters the literary world has never seen. Drawing more and more of a fan base with the release of the second-of-seven in the series, Rowling erupted onto the literary scene. Her magical creation eventually developed into a global phenomenon when Harry Potter started bewitching the hearts of quite a range of people from teens in their high school years all the way to adults of most any age. Through the release of the fourth and most recent book, her audience continued to grow by consistently outselling each previously released novel. The books have been an inspiration to the majority of its readers, rousing a newfound creativity and imagination unprecedented by any work of children¡¦s literature. Children are fascinated by the mystery and wonder of the secrets of Hogwarts and Gringott¡¦s, while parents are enthralled by the clever wit and conflict. Even now Rowling¡¦s success is continued with the colossal pre-sales of the unreleased fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which have already superceded those of her previous release. Despite Rowling¡¦s immense and continuously growing accomplishments, there are critics who argue that Harry Potter is not indeed a good book. One in particular is Jack Zipes, author of Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children¡¦s Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter and a professor of German at the University of Minnesota. Zipes, regarded as one of the most elite dignitaries in the field of children¡¦s literature, criticizes the Potter novels by implying that they are ordinary and simply-written (Zipes 171). Eventually moving from a...
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added: 11/09/2011
July 10: Some 13 billion years ago in a distant cluster of stars, a planet formed. Remarkably it's still there, according to astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope. Mars Dust - July 09: mars 2003 On July 1st a bright dust cloud spilled out of Hellas Basin, a giant impact crater on Mars' southern hemisphere, and quickly grew large enough to see from Earth. Amateur astronomers have been tracking the cloud ever since. Trouble with Lifshitz, Slyozov, and Wagner - July 07: materials science A physics theory used to create cutting-edge "designer materials" doesn't work as scientists expect. A new experiment planned for the International Space Station could reveal why. Harry Potter and the Moons of Jupiter - July 02: looking up Blistering-hot volcanoes that belch snow. Moons bigger than planets. Icy worlds with vast underground oceans. All of these things can be found in the latest Harry Potter novel. And according to NASA space probes, they're all real. This week you can see them yourself in the evening sky. Check out NASA at your Library - July 01: science education Would you like to fly to the space station? Take a shower in microgravity? See Earth from Earth-orbit? If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, then you might want to check out something new at local libraries. Uncharted Meteors - June 27: looking up The solar system is littered with clouds of dust--some of them uncharted. Earth might encounter one such cloud this Friday, June 27th. More Stories from Science @ NASA Interact with NASA in projects and missions. Earth Crew members meet NASA astronauts and employees, learn what astronauts do, what it's like to live in space, and discover how space exploration affects lives here on Earth. Heard something about NASA in the news? Hot Topics is one of our more popular areas in which current events related to NASA science, technology, and education...
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added: 01/17/2012
Everyone has an individual power and seem to use it either in a positive or negative way. Power of individual can also use mentally or physically depending on how people use it. Different situation makes different character or person to use their power themselves. In movies it shows how some character uses their power of one in many ways. Sydney Carlton is an example of "Power of Individual", in the movie A Tale of Two Cities. As one of Sydney's power, he utilizes his power to fight for innocent people on the courts to show that they are not guilty. If it weren't for Sydney's power of attorney, people would have been murdered by using the "Guillotine". Sydney Carlton is a great example of "Power of Individual" because he uses his power of one, to stand up and speak for his prisoners, otherwise they would have been found guilty. Another example was when Sydney Carlton made a decision that is going to sacrifice his life for Charles Darney from getting killed. This shows that he sacrifice his life for Charles Darney by taking the place of Charles. This is important because he fell in love with Charles Darney's wife, but knowing he can't be with her he wanted her to be happy so he sacrifice himself for Charles Darney so Charles can stay with his wife. As a result, Sydney Carlton was an example using Power of Individual sacrificing his life for someone he loves to be happy. Different people uses their individual power differently just like how Harry Potter use it differently. For an example, in the movie of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Lord Voldemort tries kill Harry. This shows that it was Lord Voldemort who tries to kill Harry, but not quite physically kill him and it's...
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added: 02/18/2012
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